First Kingman-based Walk-A-Thon a success

KINGMAN ­ The rough road of life for those afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy got a little smoother Saturday thanks to the charitable efforts of a pack of generous area residents.

Around 20 volunteers representing Albertson's, Re/Max Prestige Realty and Blockbuster Video walked one mile around Centennial Park to provide financial support to programs designed to aid people that have neuromuscular diseases.

They succeeded in raising $993, the equivalent of 16 minutes of additional research.

Program coordinator Rich Sanderson drove up from Phoenix to help host Kingman's first Muscular Dystrophy Association Walk-A-Thon.

"It's bit-by-bit," he said.

"We're getting closer than we ever have been to finding a cure."

Money raised in Kingman will be used to send children with Muscular Dystrophy to a special MDA summer camp held in Hebert, Sanderson said.

The cost of sending one child to the camp is $600.

"It gives them a week where they can go swimming and fishing," he said.

"It provides an environment where they can kind of get away from everything and just have fun."

Albertson's team captain Laurie Holmquist, who has spent 12 years as the service operations manager for the local grocery mart, said she is happy to be a part of the project.

"It's for a good cause and it's fun," she said, adding, "It doesn't hurt my feelings to take a Saturday off."

Past efforts at raising money in Kingman have been very successful, said Sanderson. Two years ago, MDA hosted a Lock-Up Event at Golden Corral on Stockton Hill Road that raised $32,000.

Early this year, it hosted the Letter Carrier Bowl-A-Thon at Cerbat Lanes, which added a couple more thousand dollars to the cause.

Upcoming MDA Walk-A-Thons will be held in Wickenburg and Yuma.

Sponsors of the event included Albertson's and Donut Depot.